The new Hebrock 3000 edgebanders, available exclusively from Martin Woodworking Machines, feature the Airtonic system that heats compressed air to produce an invisible glue line.
“I see this as one of the more exciting machines in the panel side of woodworking that has been introduced in the past two years,” Martin U.S.A. president Carl Stout says. “The seam is almost visually imperceptible and in order to do that you need special edgebanding. The top is the decorative layer and the layer below is the functional layer, which is the part you heat up and weld to the board substrate.
“Architects and designers are incorporating more high-gloss panels, which has created a need for this zero glue-line concept. The only other option is to paint the edge of the board, which is certainly a less efficient way to complete the job.”
The edgebander is manufactured with presets for optimum temperature, air pressure and feed speeds, depending on the edging material used. It has a touch-screen control for easy adjustments.
The series includes four configurations, but Stout recommends the fully equipped model for best results.
“With this type of machine you definitely need to have a feature that’s called pre-milling, similar to a scoring saw on table saws. On our edgebanders, it’s basically a line of acute cutters that produce an extremely chip-free cut.”
The edgebanders heat to operating temperature in about three minutes. “Other machines without Hebrock’s technology can take up to 20 to 25 minutes to properly heat up,” Stout says.
They can apply edgebanding up to 3 mm. There’s an optional ability to process 8-mm solid wood strips. All machines are built from a welded steel frame and have a powdercoat finish.
The fully equipped model AKV 3006DK-F sells for $115,000. Hebrock also offers entry-level edgebanders through Martin, starting at $18,500.
For information, call 704-921-0360 or visit www.martin-usa.com.
This article originally appeared in the June 2015 issue.